We’re so excited to share the news that Soula Emmanuel’s Wild Geese has been awarded the Gordon Bowker Volcano Prize as part of the Society of Author Awards 2024. The prize is awarded to a UK or Irish writer, or a writer currently resident in those countries, for a novel focusing on the experience of travel away from home. Inspired by Malcolm Lowry’s novel, Under the Volcano and in celebration of its author, the prize aims to inspire literary excellence and encourage writers to travel and to write from the resulting experience.

 Soula was one of four incredible literary talents nominated for the prize; the shortlistees include Isabella Hammad for Enter Ghost, Santanu Bhattacharya for One Small Voice and Cecile Pin for Wandering Souls.

Yara Rodriguez Fowler, judge of this year’s award, commented:

‘Wild Geese starts when Phoebe, a trans Irish woman living in Denmark receives a surprise visit from her kooky ex. Every sentence is a joy. Emmanuel’s prose is second to none – playful, erudite and completely unexpected. Wild Geese makes a powerful, moving case for the pursuit of newness in the world and in life. Not only does Emmanuel convincingly transport the reader to Copenhagen, she reveals to us the possibility at the heart of travel to a new place: that it might show us a different way of living.’

We’re so incredible proud of Soula who is now a multi-award winning literary author. This Society of Author award follows her recent win at the LAMBDA awards in the Transgender Fiction category.